Former minister gets jail for ID theft

Aug. 15, 2008 at 4:48 PM
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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A former minister at a now-defunct church has been sentenced in Williamsport, Pa., to prison after he took out credit cards in the names of congregants.

Raymond Clayton Sr. is scheduled to report to prison Sept. 10 to begin his sentence of one year and one day after he pleaded guilty to access device fraud in March, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Friday.

U.S. Middle District Senior Judge James McClure Jr. also sentenced Clayton to three years supervised release following his jail sentence and a restitution fine of $28,388.

Clayton, 44, confessed to stealing identities of his former congregants at Grace Fellowship Church by taking out credit cards in their names.

The former minister apologized at the sentencing for violating the trust of his congregation and said he regrets his crimes.

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